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Gordon Adams quoted in The Washington Free Beacon on the reputation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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Poll: Low Approval Rating for Chuck Hagel

A new poll shows that leaders in government, the defense industry, and academia disapprove of the job that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is doing.


Part of the challenge that Hagel has faced is relative inexperience in defense management, said Gordon Adams, a fellow at the Stimson Center and professor at American University.

“Hagel came into this job with very little experience in defense, so his learning curve is actually pretty steep, and I don’t think many people realize that,” Adams said. “He didn’t sit on the [Senate] Armed Services Committee, he sat on the Foreign Relations Committee. So even though he was once a soldier in uniform, his actual defense management experience is extremely small. Getting up to speed and getting on top of the building is a challenge.”

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